Mitsubishi has tried not to let lackluster sales tarnish an efficiently run development campaign for the MRJ regional jet, the first metal for which workers cut during a ceremony in Nagoya, Japan, last week. As promised, the program passed its detailed design reviews by the end of the summer.
Mitsubishi’s Regional Jet is entering the production drawing phase, which could signal the beginning of parts production for the new jet. Mitsubishi completed the design review for the MRJ last week, and the company is proceeding with the production drawing phase, which will include more detailed parts design. The company says the MRJ is on track and Mitsubishi has laid out the development schedule.
The time for refinements to the Mitsubishi MRJ has nearly passed, as Mitsubishi Aircraft expects to freeze the regional jet’s design within the next two months. The company has frozen all the interfaces between the various systems and the structural components, both in the 88-seat MRJ90, scheduled for Japanese certification in late 2013, and the 76-seat MRJ70, which would likely gain its certification roughly a year later.
SIA Engineering (SIAEC) has signed an agreement to participate in Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1000G engine risk-revenue sharing program (RRSP) with a 3-percent stake in the Bombardier C Series engine program and a 1-percent stake in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet engine program.
Pratt & Whitney Canada is evaluating options for expanding its customer support network in the Asia-Pacific region in response to a rapidly growing operator base for its engines.
Engineers and designers in Nagoya, Japan, have kept busy over the past year redrawing parts of the nascent Mitsubishi MRJ regional jet to satisfy the evolving desires of potential and existing airline customers. However, in the expectation that they will freeze the airplane’s design in the third quarter of 2010, the development team knows that the time for major changes has passed.
SIA Engineering (SIAEC) and Pratt & Whitney have signed a partnership deal that will see the Singaporean MRO provider participate in the PW1000G risk-revenue sharing program, SIAEC announced today.
SIA Engineering (SIAEC) and Pratt & Whitney have signed a partnership deal that will see the Singaporean MRO provider participate in the PW1000G risk-revenue sharing program, SIAEC announced today. Under the terms of the deal, SIAEC will take a 3-percent stake in the PW1000G engine development for the Bombardier C Series and a 1-percent stake in the PW1000G variant under development for the Mitsubishi MRJ.
Russia’s Irkut Corp. has chosen the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G engine to power the MC-21–a new family of 150- to 210-seat passenger jets scheduled for first flight in 2014 and entry into service in 2016. The deal gives Pratt’s PW1000G–formerly known as the Geared Turbofan–its third firm application. Mitsubishi has chosen the engine for its MRJ regional jet and Bombardier for its C Series narrowbody.
Resorting to worn-out business-speak to describe the merits of any new aircraft program has become customary, but Trans States Holdings president Rick Leach’s description of the Mitsubishi MRJ as a “game-changing regional jet” might actually apply this time.